A Debug System for Heterogeneous Multiple Processors in a Single Chip for Multimedia Communication

Noriyuki MINEGISHI  Ken-ichi ASANO  Hirokazu SUZUKI  Keisuke OKADA  Takashi KAN  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E85-D   No.10   pp.1571-1578
Publication Date: 2002/10/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Test and Verification of VLSI)
Category: Debugging Multiple Processors
VLSI,  debug methodology,  heterogeneous multiple processor,  IEEE 1149.1,  reducing debug period,  

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A debug system for heterogeneous multiple processors in a single chip has been developed. The system consists of the debug interface circuit integrated on the chip, the interface circuit board between the chip and PC, and the debug software implemented on a PC. This debug system has been designed for a multimedia communication processor, which includes an original video processor core, a RISC processor, and a DSP. The RISC processor controls the Video Processing Unit that includes an original video processor and other hardware functions. While in debug mode, the external debugger can control the Video Processing Unit in the same manner as the RISC processor. The JTAG based interface circuit contains registers for bus transaction for command, address, and data to be written, etc. and a bus transaction sequencer. In fact, this system can realize the same bus transaction control as the RISC processor's. By applying proposed debug system, simultaneous debug of the RISC Processing Unit and the Video Processing Unit can be realized. This allows problems to be investigated more quickly and the total time required for debugging is efficiently reduced. Without this technology an estimated 19 weeks is required to debug the chip, whereas use of this technology allowed debugging to be completed in 9 weeks.